Larry Matysik, the voice of classic Saint Louis professional wrestling, passed away from a battle with pneumonia today at 71.
In a Facebook post, SICW promoter Herb Simmons broke the news.
It’s with a heavy heart this morning that I come to each of you and give you the news that my good friend Larry Matysik has lost the battle. As many know, his health has been declining over the past several years. I ask that you keep his wife Pat and daughter Kelly in your thoughts and prayers, as the next few days will be hard for them.
Even though spinal stenosis limited the National & St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Famer’s mobility, Matysik still occasionally performed his SICW matchmaking and commentary duties this year.
An informal celebration of Larry’s life will be Sunday, December 2 from 4-7 P.M. at Renner Funeral Home in Belleville.
From Ben Simon:
Matysik’s introduction and decision announcement stylings live on through Drew Abbenhaus, Chris Roedel, Chris Kaelin, and me. It is a distinguished “Saint Louis style” that isn’t anywhere else.
I was so excited to work with Larry when I debuted as a ring announcer in 2010, for SICW. If I ever saw something illogical on the card, I knew he had my back, even if no one else cared. That is all that mattered.
He was the mind, the voice, the best.
Dynamo Pro Wrestling comes to the Knights of Columbus in De Soto, Mo. on Saturday, November 24.
Matches have yet to be announced.
Bell at 8. Tickets are $15.
The MMWA comes to Lemay in Saint Louis County on Saturday, November 24. The full card will be at Post 4223 Lemay Memorial Post.
Bell at 8. Tickets are $10.
Dynamo Pro has rescheduled its outdoor event from two weeks ago to the South Broadway Athletic Club in Soulard on Sunday, November 18.
This free matinee is presented by 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Strange Donuts. It is the first wrestling event other than Tony Casta’s MMWA to run at the historic venue in 33 years (the MMWA still runs monthly at the Club).
Matches have yet to be announced
Bell at 2. Free admission.
The East Carondelet Community Center hosts SICW pro wrestling on Saturday, November 17.
Flash Flanagan & Ken Kasa vs Steve Fender & Chris Hargas
Bell at 7. Tickets are $12.
Wrestling is back at the South Broadway Athletic Club on Saturday, November 10.
Fresh off his cruiserweight title victory last month, Ace Hawkins has his hands full in a three-way match against the former teammates in the “2.0” stable, A.J. Williams and Da’Marius Jones.
The question must be posed: will Jones and Williams team up to functionally eliminate Hawkins from contention for their own benefits?
#4Brian James (c) vs. The Snitch
MMWA Cruiserweight Championship
Ace Hawkins (c) vs. Da’Marius Jones vs. A.J. Williams
#10Gary Jackson vs. Barackus
Deacon Cash vs. The Big Texan
Moondog Rover vs. Khayman
Savanna Stone vs. Tootie Lynn Ramsey
Bell at 8. Tickets are $9.
Join World League Wrestling for another television taping on Saturday, November 3 at the Race Arena in Troy, Mo.
WLW Tag Team Championship
Kyle Roberts & Rex (c) vs. Steve Fender & Brandon Espinosa
Da’Marius Jones vs. Austin Cravens
Bell at 7. Tickets are $12.